Muscle transposition in the rehabilitation of the paralyzed larynx

Michael Stearns, Dwight Sutton, G. David Neal, Ron Trachy, Charles W. Cummings

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Muscle transposition of the innervated omohyoid muscle into the tendon of the paralyzed posterior cricoarytenoid muscle was studied in a small series of subhuman primates. A similar procedure was described previously by King for treatment of bilateral recurrent nerve injuries. Our studies confirm that this procedure adequately enlarges the airway to allow normal activity without a tracheostomy. Histologic studies appear to show nerve ingrowth occurring at 6 months as in other neuromuscular pedicle procedures. The procedure is easily performed and causes no other muscle denervation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-481
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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